Mary … wondered … Luke 1:29
“It’s Christmas Day!” said Scrooge to himself. “I haven’t missed it. I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. A merry Christmas to every-body!” —A Christmas Carol
How’s your wonder quotient these days? As followers of Christ, we are anticipating the celebration of Heaven’s greatest rescue operation — God becoming man — while at the same time looking forward to the imminent return of Jesus to earth to establish His tangible reign. Why aren’t we full of awe and wonder more?
Reflecting recently on Mary receiving the news from the angel Gabriel, one of her responses was wonder! Can you blame her? A teenage virgin being told she will conceive a child — and not just any child, but the long awaited Messiah — would cause anyone to wonder.
Sitting in that one verse, I found myself longing for wonder. Longing to be caught up in the mystery, the majesty, the grandness of the incarnation.
I know God has not stopped being wonder-full! I am sure I have filled my life with wonder quenchers. Here are a few I journaled:
- I move too fast to notice wonder.
- I am too busy to allow wonder to percolate up.
- There is too much noise and mind clutter to hear wonder.
- I am too self-focused to see God’s wonder.
I wonder if you have the same problem? We know heaven will be filled with wonder, we just don’t believe the Kingdom of God on earth is.
In a book Dangerous Wonder which was formative in my life some two decades ago, Mike Yaconelli writes: “The greatest enemy of Christianity may be people who say they believe in Jesus but who are no longer astonished and amazed. We have forgotten how to dance, how to sing, and how to laugh. We have allowed technology to beat our imaginations into submissions and have become tourists rather than travelers. We have been stunted by mediocrity…”
Would you ask God to fill you with wonder this Christmas season? Would you pray for Christmas Eve and our four gatherings that day, that God’s Spirit would overshadow us with the wonder of His character?
This weekend we have yet another opportunity for wonder as we look together at the biggest threat to wonder: busyness. And please don’t forget that this Sunday night, we will experience a special one hour reflective gathering at 5pm. If you are grieving a loss this holiday season, join us for this intimate, brief Service of Remembrance to light a candle for your loved one and reflect on the love of Jesus for you even as you grieve.
May the Wonder of Christmas himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, bless and fill you with His presence and peace, PCC!
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